Facebook launches parent-controlled 'Messenger Kids' app

Facebook launches parent-controlled Messenger app for kids

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Before Facebook Kids users can add friends and video chat, text, or exchange pictures with them, a parent of both of the children concerned have to approve the friendship.

The Messenger Kids app can be controlled by a parent from their Facebook account and it has been co-developed by Facebook with parents, experts as well as kids.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook will not be directly monetizing the kids app, but hopes they will become dedicated Facebook users in the future.

Messenger Kids is a simplified, locked-down version of the messaging app Facebook that offers those over 13 to use the app.

Facebook has launched a preview of Messenger Kids, a new chat app that lets children communicate with friends and family in a safe environment with parental supervision.

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After that, parents have to provide their kid's name.

The messages sent by the kids from the Messenger Kids app will be received by the recipients through the regular Messenger app.

Facebook said it consulted with 1,200 parents plus online security and child development specialists, including the National Parent-Teacher Association, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Connect Safely, Center on Media and Child Health, and Sesame Workshop. The team "will have a fast turnaround time to make sure all reports are handled quickly", said the spokesperson, but Facebook did not respond when asked how fast that turnaround time will be.

Facebook in its response wrote: "On Thursday November 30 just after midnight Pacific time we bacame aware that a few people were having issues with their Messenger accounts". We will update this news article as soon as new updates are available regarding why Facebook chat system has gone offline.

This preview of Messenger Kids is only available in the USA at this time on the Apple App Store, and will be coming to Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the coming months. To get there, click on "More" on the bottom right corner in your main Facebook app, and click "Messenger Kids" in the Explore section.

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